Infants through 4 years, accompanied by caregiver.
This nationally recognized program develops the very young child's potential in music and helps parents recognize and nurture their child's music making. The program provides a carefully planned sequence of music learning for children who are accompanied by parents or caregivers and uses the natural human inclination for chanting, singing and movement as the first steps in understanding melody, rhythm, and improvisation. Through interactive music making with parents and teachers, children discover the body as the primary music instrument.
Three class levels:
Free Introductory Class for Early Childhood Music Foundations (for parents and children in all levels)
This fun and stimulating class is a must for the young singer or instrumentalist. Children will build a strong musical foundation of listening and performing skills through singing, rhythmic movement, tonal and rhythmic patterns through the Gordon Music Learning Theory, and strengthen their ability to match pitch using the Kodaly System of hand signals and solfege syllables.
Offered in two levels, beginning and intermediate, the goal of these classes is to develop musicianship by integrating aural, written, vocal, and tactile skills. An assessment for placement in the appropriate level will be made by the instructor.
Based on techniques taught at top American conservatories and universities, this premier-level course acquaints the advanced student with the aural and theoretical skills expected of a professional musician.
Part of the Center for Gifted Young Musicians program, the Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble offers pedal and lever harp students ages 10 through high school the opportunity to participate in a group ensemble experience with a conductor as well as in student-led chamber music settings. There is no prerequisite for entry, however, basic note-reading skills are suggested. Repertoire will be assigned to each student based on their level and experience and ranges from intermediate to advanced. Students are responsible for bringing their own harps and benches; music stands are provided. (Lever harps should be tuned in E-flat.) Individual time commitment requirements may vary depending on repertoire assigned. Participants are also eligible to attend monthly studio master classes by Philadelphia Orchestra principal harpist, Elizabeth Hainen at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Students may also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Temple Music Prep ensemble.
For more group opportunities for advanced youth and teens, see the Center for Gifted Young Musicians.
For children only.
The class introduces children to the basic principles of dance based on the techniques of Rudolph Laban and guides them through a series of movement-exploring games, songs and improvisations that enhance and develop each child’s movement ability. These experiences improve the child’s rhythm, flexibility, and endurance and create a foundation for formal dance training.
Free Introductory Class for Creative Movement (for parents and children)
For children only.
This course is a fun and highly physical program designed to aid the student in understanding rhythm. It introduces the child to the basic principles of music using songs, movement explorations and movement games. Rhythmic timing and rhythmic structure are presented to the student, first using percussion instruments and/or the singing voice and then transferring the rhythms to one or more body parts. Gradually the student learns to understand and process rhythm using the whole body as an instrument.
- All Music & Movement students are invited to participate in the Dance Celebration Performance (below).
- Free Introductory Class for Music and Movement (for parents and children)
Exciting and fun, this course introduces the basic principles of modern dance with an emphasis on alignment, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Classes include elements of jazz dance, hip hop and ballet. Students perform in class to their favorite contemporary music. Whether you are a beginner or have had prior dance experience, this course will enhance the dancer in you.
- Beginner and advanced levels available.
- All advanced Modern Dance students are invited to participate in the Dance Celebration Performance (below).
- Free Introductory Class for Modern Dance (for students)
Designed for the beginning to intermediate level student, this course introduces and expands on the basic principles of ballet. Each class includes a thorough barre warm-up, center floor adagio and petite allegro, and across the floor grande allegro work. Dancers will gradually gain strength, flexibility and technical precision as a result of their work in this course. This class is a wonderful partner to our Modern Dance program and is recommended for modern dancers age 10 and up, as well as for dancers not enrolled in Modern Dance.
- All Ballet Technique students are invited to participate in the Dance Celebration Performance (below).
- Free Introductory Class for Ballet Technique (for students)
For dance students and their families, a culminating event to demonstrate the concepts and skills learned throughout the year. Students from the Music & Movement, Modern Dance and Ballet Technique classes are invited to participate.